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St. Joseph

Enjoy the 21th anniversary of St. Joseph’s Juneteenth celebration June 12-14 at John Lucas Recreation Complex, 1805 Sylvanie Street. On June 12, there will be a talent show, baby contest and fashion show. June 13 festivities begin with a parade from Noyes Avenue down Sylvanie Avenue ending at John Lucas Park. Activities at the park include vendors, pony rides, drill team performances, jazz entertainers and a DJ. Enjoy a picnic 2 to 6 p.m. June 14 at the park. For more information, call 816-387-9598.

Catch the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival June 12-13 at Coleman Hawkins Park at 7th and Felix Streets. Nearly a dozen jazz ensembles come to St. Joseph from across the Midwest for this all-ages concert weekend. For further detail, call 816-271-8574.

Kansas City

Juneteenth festivities will be held on June 13 in the historic 18th and Vine District. Enjoy JUNETEENTHKC 2015: the Movement by pre-purchasing tickets, becoming a vendor or sponsor, participating in the talent show, or volunteering. For more information, visit the site or call (816) 472-0013.

Jefferson City

The Juneteenth Heritage Festival is June 14-20. This family-friendly celebration has activities for all ages. Events include the Juneteenth Father’s Day Banquet at 2 p.m. June 14 at the Lincoln University Student Center, 820 Chestnut Street; the Juneteenth Emancipation Program June 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lincoln University Soldiers Memorial Plaza and Memorial Hall, 820 Chestnut Street; and the Little Mister and Miss Juneteenth Pageant June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln University Student Center Ballroom, 820 Chestnut Street. The main event will be held June 20 starting at noon with exhibitors, vendors, games, food and music at Ellis Porter-Riverside Park, 320 Ellis Porter Drive. Entertainment on the Grande’ Stage includes Phaze 1, R&B Band of St. Louis, DJ Keith Porter, the Jay-Dah-Q Steppers and the “Juneteenth’s Got Talent” competition. For more information, call 573-893-4191 or email [email protected]


Douglass Park, 400 North Providence Road, is the site of this year’s Juneteenth celebration on June 20. The activities begin at 3 p.m. and feature bands, choirs, speakers, games and food. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more information, call 573-874-7460.

St. Louis

Songwriters have a chance to showcase their original music in the genres of gospel, R&B, soul, rap, hip-hop, blues, and jazz at the African-American Music Appreciation Month’s Let Your Voice Be Heard songwriting contest preliminary rounds June 6 from noon to 3 p.m. at the St. Louis Public Library’s Schlafly Branch, 225 North Euclid Avenue. The second preliminary round is 1 to 3 p.m. June 13 at the Cabonne Branch, 1106 Union Boulevard, with the third preliminary round June 20 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Divoll Branch, 4234 North Grand Avenue. Finalists will compete from noon to 5 p.m. June 27 at the Schlafly Branch. Complete rules and guidelines are available at the St. Louis Public Library.

St. Louis Public Library will celebrate Black Music Month with Alphonsus Rock Church’s Voices of Praise Choir on June 6 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Baden Branch Library, 8448 Church Road.

Extend your Juneteenth celebration by joining St. Louis residents June 20 for the 14th annual Riverfront Times Music Showcase taking place in the Grove area of Manchester Avenue. Visit online for the latest information about this event featuring ten venues and more than seventy local bands.

What is Fair Housing?

Fair housing means all people have equal access to the housing of their choice that they can afford. Fair housing laws ensure this equal access.

Both the Missouri Human Rights Act and the Federal Fair Housing Act mandate that people have equal housing opportunities and not be subjected to discrimination in housing based upon certain protected categories, including race, color, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability, sex, or for having children in their household.

Fair housing laws apply to the sale or rental of nearly all forms of residences, including apartments, houses, mobile homes, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and even vacant lots to be developed for housing. Anyone who has control over residential property or real estate financing must obey state and federal fair housing laws, including landlords, rental managers, property owners, real estate agents, bankers, developers, builders, and certain individual homeowners who are selling or renting property.

MCHR and HUD safeguard the protections set out in state and federal fair housing laws and enforce the laws within their jurisdictions. Both MCHR and HUD are committed to preventing discrimination and encouraging the fair treatment of all persons.

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